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By Swami Harshananda

Trika literally means ‘science of the three’.

Fundamentals of Trika

Śaivism which primarily deals with three fundamentals is generally called as Trika also. These three fundamentals are:

  1. Pati - God
  2. Paśu - individual soul
  3. Pāśa - bondage

Aspects of Trika

It has three aspects:

  1. Śaivāgamas
  2. Spandaśāstra
  3. Pratyabhijñāśāstra or Kashmir Śaivism


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore